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Psychological Predictors of Athletic Performance: Emotional Intelligence, Coping Style, and Mental Toughness

dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Craig (Craig Alexander)
dc.contributor.advisorKirby, Leslie D. (Leslie Deneen)
dc.contributor.authorCarr, Abby
dc.description.abstractThe present study examined the psychological predictors of success as they relate to performance levels. To this end, study 1 was conducted investigating the foremost psychological constructs athletes employ while in a competitive environment. Qualitative questions were asked to a sample of collegiate athletes and after the analysis of their responses, the emerging psychological constructs as potential predictors of performance were emotional intelligence, coping style, and mental toughness. These three constructs formed the basis of study 2, in which the three constructs were hypothesized to be predictors of performance. Measures of each construct were taken along with measures of performance. They were then analyzed to assess any significant correlations or interactions between them. Results indicated only a slight number of significant findings, failing to support the main hypothesis, despite previous literature indicating that these three constructs have a mediating effect on performance.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences Under the Direction of Dr. Craig Smith and Dr. Leslie Kirbyen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectemotional intelligenceen_US
dc.subjectmental toughnessen_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshCollege athletes -- Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshEmotional intelligenceen_US
dc.subject.lcshAdjustment (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshSuccess -- Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.titlePsychological Predictors of Athletic Performance: Emotional Intelligence, Coping Style, and Mental Toughnessen_US
dc.title.alternativePsychological Predictors of Performanceen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US

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